Program: PhD in Psychology and Social Intervention
Year entered Program: 2021
Research Interests: student motivation; educational transitions; comparative education; educational system-gaming; the economics of education.
Principal Advisor(s): Alejandro Ganimian, PhD
Berta is a Ph.D. student and IES-PIRT fellow in the Psychology and Social Intervention program at the Applied Psychology department. Her research interests combine topics in psychology, economics, and public policy. Berta's research focuses on how children’s environments affect their motivation for learning, paying special attention to how educational systems can be gamed, and how those system-gaming behaviors affect student learning in the short- and long-term. Employing quasi-experimental methodologies and leveraging data from interventions, she hopes to estimate the impact of educational policies and system-wide regulations on motivation and learning. Ultimately, with her research she aims to support policy changes that increase equity and student success in educational systems around the globe.
She holds a master’s degree in Statistics, Measurement, and Assessments from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Affairs from Northeastern University, where she was a University Scholar.